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Beauty and the Beast(La belle et la bête)

Before the Disney classic, there was "La Belle et la Bête." A prince who has been transformed into a terrifying beast imprisons a merchant for stealing a rose from his garden. When the man's courageous daughter, Belle, comes to take her father's place, the beast begins to gradually fall in love with her but must test her fidelity first.
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Village Voice by

Viewers must get in touch with their inner child to fall for Belle's eventual love for Beast. The film seems somewhat aware of this, casting an ambiguous hue on its happily-ever-after conclusion.
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Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers.
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Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Beautifully remastered and containing Cocteau's long-unseen special prologue and credits -- is as much a feat of feverish delight as it was in the dark days of Vichy and WWII.
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Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Cocteau, a poet and surrealist, was not making a "children's film" but was adapting a classic French tale that he felt had a special message after the suffering of World War II: Anyone who has an unhappy childhood may grow up to be a Beast.
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Portland Oregonian by Shawn Levy

One of the great marvels of the medium, a film that you cannot miss if you hope to be literate in cinema -- or, indeed, if you seek acquaintance with the great works of modern times.

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